When Jesus saved me, I was a club DJ, and fully engaged in the lifestyle one might expect from a club DJ---late nights, drugs, and partying. I had a foul mouth, a sharp tongue, and a girlfriend who worked at a Hooters restaurant.
"...that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19 Here's my rendition of the … Continue reading “The Tale Of Two Brains” (Ephesians 3:17 Devo)
God has prepared an unique process to mold you in His love. Here's 3 "R"s to receive more from Him, as you walk upon this path. Last week, I shared a little from my journey into facing my issues and learning to receive love from God. (Click here to read it.) My behaviors were extreme, … Continue reading The 3 “R”s Of Receiving From God
The great 90's poet, Haddaway, once cried out, "What is love?! Baby, don't hurt me. Don't hurt me. No more. What is love?!" This poor man, hurting and distraught, was looking for answers. In his agony, he penned his lamentations to the melody of synthesizers and the thumping of a techno beat… Okay, I'm being … Continue reading What is love?!
Have you ever just felt "judgy"? I'll never forget a young woman coming up to me after a message, her freckled face beaming from ear to ear. She said: "Pastor AJ, God has been convicting me and helping me with my attitude---I've been feeling so "judgy" lately!" Her heart for God made me smile … Continue reading The Cure for Being Judgmental
As a college pastor in Gainesville, Florida, I once had the privilege of hosting a missionary, known as Uncle Charlie. This man was remarkable---he had comforted dying street children in his arms and washed the feet of real, modern-day lepers. Under communism in Vietnam, he had embraced the dangerous call to smuggle Bibles into the … Continue reading Why I’d Rather be Wanted than Needed
Today, we celebrate America’s independence. We take time and remember that on this day, July 4th, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our founding fathers adopted the United States Declaration of Independence. With this beautifully-penned document, they declared themselves free from the control of Great Britain---what they saw as a tyrannical, oppressive outside force. They wrote, “We … Continue reading A Declaration of Independence